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World War II Oil Storage Tunnels
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US$54.01*
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Small-Group Tour: Highlights of Darwin Bike Tour
Ranked #22 of 100 Tours in Darwin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The WWII Oil Storage Tunnels were built in secrecy after the Bombing of Darwin saw the above ground oil storage tanks destroyed. Come and learn about how the construction of these huge tunnels was riddled with constraints and budget blowouts. The tunnels were only made public at the 50th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin in 1992 and transformed into a museum attraction.
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Its incredible that so much of Darwin's history is hidden and this is one of those bits of history. The initial talk with the guide was both interesting and informative.

Yes you have to pay but there has to be upkeep as the tunnels flood and water seeps in, I was happy with the price and to pay for the brochure; Also bought a hat and pin as well.

I agree that the lighting on the information boards requires updating as do the boards themselves. There is so much more you can achieve these days, hope there's a volunteer out there that can assist them.

This does not take away from the history and the feeling as you walk through the tunnels, well worth 30-45 mins of your time dependant on how much you stop and read.

Well worth the visit despite the bits that could these days be presented more clearly.

Thank Barbara H
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

An interesting part of Darwin history and well worth the visit. Hard to imagine that the tunnels were all dug by hand. Inexpensive to visit and takes about 20 minutes to view.

Thank Shaz959
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Not worth going out of you way for but if you are in the area it does give you an insight of the history and they are really quite amazing to see. The pictures inside do tell a story, they do need a bit of updating though as some are difficult to read. We did think after paying $6 for this basic attraction that you would be given the information brochure, but they wanted another $1 for it, they do give you a free postcard whoopee!

Thank Berry-SA
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The oil tunnels didn't show up on my radar when planning my day in Darwin. It would've been a shame had I missed it!

The tunnels are an interesting bit of history, so not to be missed by WWII buffs. It's right near the wharf precinct, and an elevator will take you up to city level just across the road.

I sadly couldn't make it to the Defense of Darwin museum, so feel slightly better about that fact because I was able to visit the oil tunnels. You probably won't spend a lot of time here, but it was a few bucks well spent to learn about history.

Thank wise_rita
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Easy to miss as you drive past, but definitely worth the 30 - 45 minutes stop for an unexpected part of Darwin's war history. Price is $6. Fascinating insight into what Darwin experienced, there are many wartime photos on display boards along the tunnel. But we wanted more general information about the tunnels and this was lacking, that could be improved. Easiest (and in the shade) to park in the public car park at the waterfront and walk about 100m. Check the entry times - Oct to April is only open 0900 to 1300hrs, May to September is open 0900 to 1600hrs. Guide at the entry sells souvenirs.

Thank kjbMirani
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